Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 13th, at 10:00 a.m. (PT), CDFA and the California Association of Food Banks (CAFB) will join Western Growers for a webinar discussing California's recent expansion of the Farm to Family Program, which will provide additional resources and funding to support farm donations to food banks during this critical time.

Statewide food banks are facing significant demand and farm operations may have supply availability, as foodservice and other retail outlets are impacted by COVID-19. 

Cory Lunde

Western Growers is hosting the last webinar in the WGS series titled “Whole Genome Sequencing in the Industry: Metagenomics and Beyond,” on May 28, 2020. This presentation will bring expertise in novel new applications of next-generation sequencing beyond whole genome sequencing, such as metagenomics. Pablo Carrion, Senior Research Quality Scientist at Nestle, will share how Nestle is pushing the frontiers of technology toward a data-oriented food safety approach with these tools. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Sonia Salas

On Monday, May 11, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will host the next call in a series of weekly private sector calls for updates on the COVID-19 response. As previously stated in Spotlight, the CDC is now conducting private sector calls detailing what the CDC knows and what it is doing in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The CDC plans to host calls every Monday for the foreseeable future.

Sonia Salas


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